Draft order for the 2020 NFL mock draft based on current standings.
1. Jacksonville Jaguars – A.J. Epensa (EDGE/Iowa)
With Nick Foles signing a big deal last spring, quarterback isn’t an option here. Instead, Jacksonville pivots to the pass rush, a position they have invested heavily in, but could lose their star player, Yannick Ngakoue, to free agency. Epensa and Josh Allen would continue to make the Jaguars pass rush a fearsome unit for years to come.
2. New York Jets – Andrew Thomas (OT/Georgia)
Kelvin Beachum is in his contract year and is absolutely a replaceable piece. A blindside protector is a necessity if they want Sam Darnold to succeed.
3. Miami Dolphins – Chase Young (EDGE/Ohio State)
Now armed with three first round picks, they used their first one to replace Cam Wake, who signed with the Titans last offseason.
4. New York Giants – Jerry Jeudy (WR/Georgia)
The Daniel Jones era has officially begun, but he’s in a tough situation with virtually no weapons to throw to. If only they had a superstar wide receiver on their roster…
5. Cincinnati Bengals – Tua Tagovailoa (QB/Alabama)
Andy Dalton hasn’t been terrible, but if they’re picking this high in the draft, Zac Taylor would likely be able to find his guy at quarterback. Dalton is in his contract year in 2020, so they do have the flexibility to let Tagovailoa spend the first year as an understudy.
6. Washington Redskins – Grant Delpit (S/LSU)
Washington goes after the best available player and gives them a stud to line up next to Landon Collins.
7. Carolina Panthers – Derrick Brown (DT/Auburn)
Michael Vick floated the idea that the Panthers could move on from Cam Newton after this season, but I have a hard time imagining it happens. Instead, they get a replacement for Gerald McCoy, who was brought in on a one-year deal.
8. Miami Dolphins – Walker Little (OT/Stanford)
Miami now owns this pick after trading Minkah Fitzpatrick to the Steelers. Laremy Tunsil has been shipped off to Houston, so they Dolphins now need a new signal caller to protect their quarterback, whether it be Josh Rosen or someone from this draft class.
9. Denver Broncos – Kristian Fulton (CB/LSU)
Chris Harris is still solid, but the Broncos lack depth in the secondary, which was once one of the team’s strengths.
10. Arizona Cardinals – Tristan Wirfs (OT/Iowa)
Arizona never had a chance to address their porous offensive line this offseason. Wirfs has been mostly playing right tackle with Iowa, but he looked dominant in his time on the left side and there is little concern that he could handle the position at the NFL level.
11. Indianapolis Colts – Justin Herbert (QB/Oregon)
Andrew Luck retired and while Jacoby Brissett was given a two-year extension, he is making a middling salary and the Colts won’t have an issue making Brissett a high-priced backup in the short-term. Herbert is coming off back-to-back five touchdown games.
12. Tennessee Titans – Jake Fromm (QB/Georgia)
Marcus Mariota looked solid in Week 1, but the law of averages always hits him hard as he came down to earth in a loss to the Colts. Tennessee is letting Mariota play through his contract year and they could be in the market for a new signal caller this offseason.
13. Las Vegas Raiders – Laviska Shenault (WR/Colorado)
Oakland just released Antonio Brown following a tumultuous offseaosn, so naturally they’re in need of a wide receiver again. Quarterback could be an option as well if the team offiially decides to move on from Derek Carr.
14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Jordan Love (QB/Utah State)
Much like Tennessee, Tampa Bay is at a crossroads with quarterback Jameis Winston and he hasn’t played well so far. Bruce Arians likes Winston, but he could look to move on if he doens’t start to improve.
15. Cleveland Browns – Calvin Throckmorton (OT/Oregon)
Cleveland’s biggest need is a blindside protector for Baker Mayfield. Too bad Joe Thomas retired right before the Browns got competitive.
16. New Orleans Saints – Bryce Hall (CB/Virginia)
Marshon Lattimore is stellar, but the team is currently starting Eli Apple across from him. That can’t continue to happen. I wouldn’t rule out the Saints moving up to take a quarterback too.
17. Philadelphia Eagles – Jaylon Johnson (CB/Utah)
The Eagles have inquired about both Minkah Fitzpatrick and Jalen Ramsey, so they are obviously in the market for help in the secondary.
18. Las Vegas Raiders – Yetur Gross-Matos (EDGE/Penn State)
The Raiders continue to beef up their edge rushers with Gross-Matos, who has 3.5 sacks in two games this season.
19. Minnesota Vikings – Trevon Diggs (CB/Alabama)
Trae Waynes is in his contract year in 2020. This would be a fitting landing spot for Diggs, whose brother, Stefon, is a wide receiver for the Vikings.
20. Detroit Lions – Curtis Weaver (EDGE/Boise State)
Detroit continues to bolster their pass rush. Trey Flowers was given a big deal last spring, but you can never have enough pass rushers in today’s NFL.
21. Los Angeles Chargers – Jonathan Taylor (RB/Wisconsin)
Austin Ekeler has been solid, but he’s also a free agent. Taylor has been a talented runner, but he is starting to show he can be a contributor on passing downs too.
22. Atlanta Falcons – Tyler Biadasz (C/Wisconsin)
Next year is the final year of Alex Mack’s contract. He’ll turn 35 in 2021, so they could look for his replacement early. Biadasz could line up at guard in the meantime.
23. Seattle Seahawks – C.J. Henderson (CB/Florida)
Once a proud unit, Seattle’s secondary is in need of an overhaul. Luckily, their front seven covers up a lot of the deficiencies.
24. Buffalo Bills – CeeDee Lamb (WR/Oklahoma)
Josh Allen needs better options at wide receiver than John Brown, Cole Beasley and Zay Jones.
25. Miami Dolphins – J.K. Dobbins (RB/Ohio State)
The Dolphins don’t seem to like Kenyan Drake or Kalen Ballage. Perhaps they find a new workhorse.
26. Dallas Cowboys – Albert Okwuegbunam (TE/Missouri)
Jason Witten was dragged out of the broadcast booth to play tight end again, but it’s hard to imagine he play any longer than this season.
27. Baltimore Ravens – Jacob Phillips (LB/LSU)
Baltimore never had the opportunity to replace C.J. Mosley after he departed for the Jets.
28. Green Bay Packers – Dylan Moses (LB/Alabama)
Green Bay made some huge additions on defense, but Blake Martinez is in his contract year, so linebacker could become a need.
29. San Francisco 49ers – Isaiah Simmons (S/Clemson)
The 49ers have middling talent at safety and Jimmie Ward is a free agent next spring.
30. Kansas City Chiefs – Jeff Okudah (CB/Ohio State)
Kansas City is another team who has been interested in both Minkah Fitzpatrick and Jalen Ramsey and their secondary woes over the past two seasons have been well documented.
31. Los Angeles Rams – Trey Smith (OT/Tennessee)
Talent-wise, Smith is a top-five player, but blood clots in his lungs raise some serious medical concerns.
32. New England Patriots – Terrell Lewis (EDGE/Alabama)
New England continues to beef up the trenches with Lewis, who has shown that he is a talented player but comes with health concerns.